FaceSpan 3.5 Available -- Digital Technology International has released FaceSpan 3.5, the latest version of its interface builder for AppleScript and other OSA languages. FaceSpan enables scripters to create stand-alone applications and scripts with modern Mac OS interfaces, including multiple windows, dialogs, styled text, scroll boxes, tabbed panels, pictures, movies, and a myriad of other elements. FaceSpan 3.5 offers pre-built window templates (making it easier to reuse standard or custom window types), support for round windows and resizable modal dialogs, the capability to save preference files directly from FaceSpan rather than relying on internal Storage items, and a host of other interface and functionality enhancements. FaceSpan 3.5 also includes a selection of scripting additions and FaceSpan-based utilities that can be used on their own or to enhance FaceSpan projects, plus improved documentation and source code for Forms, which enable FaceSpan projects to integrate code resources such as scripting additions, keystroke filters, control definitions, and more. FaceSpan 3.5 requires System 7.0.1 and AppleScript 1.1 running on a Mac with at least a 68020 processor, although a PowerPC-based system running Mac OS 8.5 or later would be a better choice. FaceSpan 3.5 is $200; upgrades from version 3 are $50, while upgrades from version 2 are $100. (TidBITS Technical Editor Geoff Duncan reviewed FaceSpan 3.0 for MacWEEK in mid-1998; problems with Storage items in version 3.0 were corrected in 3.0.1.) [GD]
Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus
If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.
The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.
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